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Drink Mixes Perfect for Teacher Gifts

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There are plenty of people who are deserving of a thoughtful gesture from my family at the holidays; in particular, I think of the people who invest time in my children (soccer coaches, crossing guards, school nurse, etc.). But I have multiple children, in multiple activities. My heart may be big, but my budget? Not so much. Each year I try to find a creative, thoughtful way to spread a little holiday cheer, without breaking the bank.

One of my favorite ways to do this is by mixing and packing up hot drink mixes to give to neighbors, coaches and others. It is an easy and affordable gift to whip together, and it’s always warmly appreciated by the recipient. With the mounds of rich foods changing hands at the holidays, a simple drink mix is a nice change of pace. Best of all, it’s so easy to assemble that the kids can get involved.

Here are a couple of my time-tested favorite recipes:

FIRESIDE COFFE
1 cup powdered creamer
1 cup powdered hot chocolate mix
2/3 cup instant coffee
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
Mix together in large container and distribute into jars. Instructions attached to jar should read “Mix 3-4 heaping spoonfuls in a mug of hot water.”

HOT SPICED TEA
2 cups Tang
1 package Wylers instant lemonade
2/3 cup lemon flavored instant tea
3 cups sugar
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp cinnamon
Mix together in large container and distribute into jars. Instructions attached to jar should read “Mix 3-4 heaping spoonfuls in a mug of hot water.”

Packaging these drink mixes is a snap. You can, of course, buy some cute packaging at a craft store, though I’ve found simple mason jars to be just as lovely (and reusable by the recipient). Look for small mason jars at your grocer (usually well under a dollar apiece), or scope out your favorite thrift store.

Fill each jar with the drink mix of your choosing. Cut a small square of holiday fabric (NO sewing required!) and cover the jar lid. Tie it with ribbon or raffia, attach a cute tag with mixing instructions, and maybe even slip a plastic spoon in the band of ribbon around the lid.

Load up several in your favorite large basket, and enjoy distributing this thoughtful gift!

This post was written by Shannon Lowe. Shannon blogs at Rocks In My Dryer. She’s a contributing editor for BlogHer and writes weekly at Parenting.com.



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  • As a teacher, I thought I’d drop in my opinion, natch. ;-)

    I think it’s a great idea! Also, those cookie mixes in a jar are cool.

    Years ago I got one of those “stained glass” things that you paint and hang in your window. My student was so proud of herself for painting it. To this day, I have it hanging in my car, and I think of her every time I see it. Anything made especially for me by my students is particularly treasured.

    Robyn  |  November 20th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

  • My boys’ teachers need a big ol’ margarita mix for putting up with those two mouths all year! But holiday-themed coffee and tea might be better for public school. . .

    ajb  |  November 20th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  • At first I thought you were going to be having the kids make Whiskey Sour mix or somesuch! :-)

    Chris says: Well THERE is an idea I could get behind too ;-)

    Brigitte  |  November 21st, 2008 at 9:57 am

  • I’m plannning to make cocoa mix that can be also be used in coffee and some homemade marshmallows for my daughter’s teachers.

    Crisanne  |  November 21st, 2008 at 1:36 pm

  • I have made fireside coffee for jar gifts for years and it has always been a hit…my best friend gave me the recipe about 8 years ago and last year I made it for my girls’ teachers and they loved it. Great idea and it shows you put thought and care into the girt rather than just buying something!

    Samantha Denning  |  December 1st, 2008 at 5:08 pm

  • What size pkg. is the Wyler’s Instant Lemonade?

    Martha  |  December 19th, 2008 at 7:10 pm